BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The former Agents of the Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees. Unlike all of the other positions at the National Society, the Trustees are not elected by the Society membership, instead they are appointed for a three-year term by the Society's Board of Directors. The Trustees themselves select a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary.


STERLING OWEN IV, FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN


Following his retirement from the FBI, Sterling operated his own company until 2004 when he was selected to serve as the Knoxville Police Chief. He retired from the department in 2011 and returned to his consulting firm. Sterling has also served as the Society's South East Regional Vice President.


WEYSAN DUN, FOUNDATION VICE-CHAIRMAN
Weysan is a Commissioner of the Nebraska Crime Commission, appointed by the Governor of Nebraska. Mr. Dun is also on the Board of Directors of the Omaha Police Foundation, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor’s Board of Counselors, and a publicly elected Trustee of the Sarpy County Sanitary and Improvement District #255. He is active as a Community Volunteer Leader for the American Red Cross and is the Volunteer Partner to the Red Cross Region Executive. Mr. Dun served as a Special Agent of the FBI for 30 years and retired in 2012. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest serving, incumbent Special Agent in Charge (SAC), having consecutively served as the chief executive of three field divisions: Springfield, Newark and Omaha for a total of nine years as an SAC. Mr. Dun also served as an Inspector, ASAC, Unit Chief, and SSRA. Mr. Dun received numerous awards during his career including the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award. He also served as the chairperson of the Special Agents in Charge Advisory Committee (SACAC) and was designated as a “peer mentor” for newly appointed SACs. Mr. Dun served four and one-half years as an active duty U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, where he attained the rank of captain and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal prior to being Honorably Discharged.


JACQUELINE RUIZ, FOUNDATION SECRETARY
Jacqui was working in the counseling center of a California Community College when she heard a speech by her husband’s colleague about becoming an FBI Agent. The speech changed her life. She entered on duty in 1984, and was fortunate to have worked Soviet Counterintelligence during the Cold War, bank robberies in the bank robbery capitol of the world, and post-911 terrorism. She has been the sole proprietor of a private investigations company since her retirement from the Bureau in 2007. She is active in the Los Angeles chapter of the Society, where she is serving two terms as its Chairperson, as well as the offices of Treasurer and Vice Chair.


ROBERT H. GIBSON, III, FOUNDATION TREASURER  

 

Bob served from June 1975 through June 2007 (32 years) with assignments in Dallas (Fort Worth RA), Chicago, and Knoxville, working primarily complex white collar crime and public corruption matters. Upon retirement, he formed and currently operates his own private investigation/forensic accounting company, The Gibson Group. Bob resides in Knoxville, TN, with his wife, Rebecca. They enjoy boating and spending time with their grandchildren.

 
DALE ANDERSON

Dale earned a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University before joining the FBI in 1970. He served in the Denver and San Francisco Divisions before becoming the Unit Chief of the Budget Unit in Finance Division at FBIHQ for four years.  He then transferred to the Rochester New York Resident Agency, where he served for 12 years as SSRA. He retired after 26 years of service and worked for BICS as a Special Investigator. From 1992 through 2009, he served as a member of the Synodical Council of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Milwaukee, WI, which serves as the Board of Directors of this international church body. Also served as a member of their Finance Committee. 


BRUCE D. ASH
Bruce entered on duty with the FBI one month after graduating from the University of Baltimore Law School in July 1968. After serving in Detroit, Cincinnati-Dayton RA he was transferred to his Office of Preference, Baltimore. He transferred to FBIHQ, Office of Congressional Affairs then returned to the Baltimore Division as the OCDETF Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region in March 1990. Two years later, he was designated to create and supervise the first Safe Streets Task Force Squad in the Baltimore Division. He became the Safe Streets Program Coordinator and remained the supervisor until 1998 when he was promoted to Criminal ASAC. On September 1, 2000, he retired from the FBI after 32 years of service. After retirement, he did several things to include co-founding Ash, Ellis and Associates, Inc., a security and safety consulting company. After five years he went on to work for the Department of State, ADC Ltd., and handling several estates, as well as practicing law. Shortly, after his retirement, he joined the Society of Former Special Agents, Baltimore Chapter and became Chairman. He remained Chairman for the next 10 years.


MICHAEL J. PRENDERGAST

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Mike is a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Political Science. Mike’s initial position with the FBI, in 1977, was in the Uniform Crime Reporting Section at HQ, eventually earning a B.A in Accounting to qualify under the SA Accountant Program. Following New Agents Training in 1979, Mike was assigned to the Minneapolis Division working Reactive and WCC matters. In 1983, Mike was transferred to the NYO to work extensive International Fraud Matters. Mike was transferred, in late 1985, to the Hostage Rescue Team to handle all of the Logistic and Administrative matters. He returned to WFO to work Public Corruption and, eventually, Terrorist Matters being involved in the Pan Am 103 Bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, working in Malta during 1989. Mike then received an OP transfer to the Gary RA, Indianapolis Division, working Corruption, WCC, and Gang matters. Mike became the SSRA for the Merrillville RA, became the EAP Coordinator as well as the Civil Rights Coordinator for the Division, and retired in April 2011. In June 2000, Mike was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church, Diocese of Gary, and has been assigned since as the Diocesan Coordinator of Jail and Prison Ministry, mainly at Indiana State Prison, Michigan City, IN. Mike has volunteered at Opportunity Enterprises, a not-for-profit addressing the needs of other-abled individuals and also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Mike has been a member of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Society since his retirement in 2011 and looks forward to serving the Society and promoting its mission and benefits to all of the Chapters and their members in the North Central Region.



WESLEY WHEELER
  A Georgia native, Wes attended Georgia Southern University. Prior to the FBI, he was a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta and Athens, GA. Wes entered on duty March 1999 where he worked a wide variety of criminal matters. After September 11, 2001 he worked CT matters. He has also served on the Attorney General’s Protection Detail and been an instructor at the FBI Academy. Wes currently serves as the squad supervisor of WFO CT-10, National Capitol Response Squad. He also serves as the DC Regional Board Member on the FBIAA Executive Board.

 

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